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Anime North is a non-profit, fan-run anime convention, held every year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its major events include a Masquerade, Dealer's Room, Artist Alley, Guest of Honor presentations, Gaming (Video and RPG), Panel Discussions, Video Presentation, Contests, and Dances. The convention is hosted at the Toronto Congress Centre, the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel and the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel And Conference Centre, all of which are in close walking distance of one another.

Programming

Anime North in 2006 featured Kotoko, a J-pop singer, who performed songs from her newest album. Also in 2006, a ballroom dance, "Moonlight Masquerade Ball" was newly scheduled.[citation needed] The most popular events at Anime North include the Masquerade and the J-Idol competition. Other events include the AMV contest, guest autograph sessions, the All-Star Charity Auction, the Momiji Award (with brunch), Anime Improv, and Yaoi North. Common staples at Anime North include guest speeches, gaming tournaments, dances, art-related workshops, discussion panels, martial arts displays, model contests, Go tournaments, and similar events.

History

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Anime North was founded by Toronto anime fan Donald Simmons in 1997 as a one day mini-convention with approximately 600 attendees. The original venue was the Michener Institute in downtown Toronto. In 1998 the convention expanded to two days of programming, and 1999 saw the addition of a third day of programming as well as a move to the Ramada Airport East Hotel, with attendance reaching 1,000. In 2001 the convention was moved to the airport strip near Pearson Airport and was held at the Toronto Airport Marriott (attendance 2,000) and in 2002 moved to the much larger Regal Constellation Hotel (attendance 2,800).

Shortly after the 2003 convention at the Regal (attendance 5,000), the Regal closed and the convention had to find yet another new location. For 2004 the best combination of function and hotel space available was the combination of the Toronto Congress Centre and the nearby Renaissance Hotel for additional programming. These two venues were unfortunately a 10-15 minute walk apart, although a free shuttle bus was provided to help alleviate this problem. Despite this difficulty, attendance reached a record 8,200 that year.

In 2005, the convention added a Thursday evening badge pickup for pre-registered attendees, and changed hotels from the Renaissance to the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, across Dixon Rd. from the TCC (attendance 9,500). In 2006 actual programming was added for Thursday evenings. Approximately 12,500 people attended in 2006, the first year that attendance has broken 10,000 people. Anime North 2008 was the 12th year of the convention.

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 9, 1997 The Michener Institute
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">800[2]</td>

August 22–23, 1998 The Michener Institute
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">747</td>

Matt K. Miller.[3]
June 18–20, 1999 Ramada Airport East Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">850[4]</td>

Hitoshi Doi.[5]
June 16–18, 2000 Ramada Airport East Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">1,001[6]</td>

May 25–27, 2001 Toronto Airport Marriott
Rexdale, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">1,841</td>

John Martin.[7]
May 24–26, 2002 Regal Constellation Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">3,000</td>

Anshin School of Karate, Steve Bennett, Keith Burgess, Julie Davis, Ben Dunn, The Jem Project, David Kaye, Diana Kou, Fred Ladd, Jason Lee, John Martin, Scott McNeil, Sailor JAM-Boree, Mark Simmons, Doug Smith, and Amanda Winn Lee.[8]
May 16–18, 2003 Regal Constellation Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">4,875</td>

Anshin School of Karate, Steve Bennett, Brian Drummond, Ben Dunn, Saffron Henderson, Mark Hildreth, The Jem Project, David Kaye, John Martin, Miyako Matsuda, Scott McNeil, Hikaru Midorikawa, Frank Miller, Kirby Morrow, Claude J. Pelletier, Stan Sakai, Doug Smith, Brad Swaile, and Kathryn Williams.[9]
May 21–23, 2004 Toronto Congress Centre
Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel[10]
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">8,500</td>

Steve Bennett, Richard Ian Cox, Michael Dobson, Brian Drummond, Ben Dunn, Atsuko Enomoto, David Kaye, Les Major, Nobuyuki Ohnishi, Moneca Stori, and Studio Udon.[11]
May 27–29, 2005 Toronto Congress Centre
Doubletree International Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">9,500</td>

Susan Aceron, Rob Bakewell, Trevor Devall, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson, Brian Drummond, Ben Dunn, Hilary Haag, Matt Hill, Lamia, Carl Macek, Les Major, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Kevin Mowrer, Stan Sakai, Asami Sanada, Rob Travalino, Sam Vincent, and Cathy Weseluck.[12]
May 26–28, 2006 Toronto Congress Centre
Doubletree International Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">12,500</td>

Steve Bennett, Keith Burgess, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Mark Dillon, Brian Dobson, Michael Dobson, Ben Dunn, Quinton Flynn, Donald Kinney, Sen'no Knife, Kotoko, Lamia, Les Major, Cynthia Martinez, Jeff Nimoy, Tim Park, Scott Ramsoomair, Nekoi Ruto, Sonny Strait, Kathryn Williams, and Tommy Yune.[13]
May 25–27, 2007 Doubletree International Plaza Hotel
Toronto Congress Centre
Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">13,500</td>

Steve Bennett, Johnny Yong Bosch, Keith Burgess, Svetlana Chmakova, Ben Dunn, Peter Fernandez, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Donald Kinney, Wendee Lee, Les Major, Sara E. Mayhew, Alex Milne, Nan Yan, Ryan North, Corinne Orr, Derek Stephen Prince, Scott Ramsoomair, Michelle Ruff, Patrick Seitz, Stephanie Sheh, Spider's Kiss, Sonny Strait, Wire, ZZ.[14]
May 23–25, 2008 Doubletree International Plaza Hotel
Toronto Congress Centre
Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">13,300</td>

Yamila Abraham, Steve Bennett, Benoît Cécyre, Camilla d'Errico, Trevor Devall, Mark Dillon, Trevor Devall, Brian Dobson, Ben Dunn, Quinton Flynn, Liana Kerzner, Donald Kinney, Les Major, Nina Matsumoto, Sara E. Mayhew, Alex Milne, Halko Momoi, Jeff Nimoy, Noizytoys, Claude J. Pelletier, Ed the Sock, Spike Spencer, Sonny Strait, Studio Udon, Brad Swaile, and Tara Tallen.[15]
May 22–24, 2009 Doubletree International Plaza Hotel
Toronto Congress Centre
Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">14,800</td>

Benoît Cécyre, Bukkyo-kai Dance Group, Svetlana Chmakova, Heather Dale, Camilla d'Errico, Karen Dick(cancelled), Ricky Dick, Mark Dillon, Ben Dunn, Jessie Flower, Jess Hartley, Heroes of the World, Mark Hildreth, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Steve Horton, Yuri Lowenthal, Les Major, Vic Mignogna, Nagata Shachu, Tara Platt, Carrie Savage, Malcolm Sheppard, Tara Tallan, and Douglas Tong.[16]
May 28–30, 2010 Doubletree International Plaza Hotel
Toronto Congress Centre
Sheraton Toronto Airport
Toronto, Ontario

<td style="text-align: center">18,500</td>

Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Ricky Dick, Yaya Han, Brittney Karbowski, Jushin Liger (cancelled), Derwin Mak, Vic Mignogna, Akira "Kiyoshi" Raijin, Micah Solusod, Manabu Soya, John Swasey, David Vincent.[17]

Mascot

Hoppouno Momiji, a fictional redhead with a taste for both anime and anything Canadian, serves as Anime North's dominant mascot. Her various incarnations and the original concept art in which she was conceived can be found here. Her many manifestations are used on all Anime North clothing, badges, and other wearables. She was originally created for the convention by the Japanese artist Hyi-San.

References

  1. As per AN Operations Services Staff [1]
  2. "Anime North 1997 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  3. "Anime North 1998 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  4. "Anime North 1999 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  5. "Anime North 1999". Hitoshi Doi. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  6. "Anime North 2000 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  7. "Anime North 2001 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  8. "Anime North 2002 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  9. "Anime North 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  10. "Linus Lam Network News at Anime North 2004". usagichan.com. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  11. "Anime North 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  12. "Anime North 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  13. "Anime North 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  14. "Anime North 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  15. "Anime North 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  16. "Anime North 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  17. "Anime North 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 

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